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Poor air quality changes opening night of football season

It wasn't quite the opening night of high school football that people had hoped for as poor air quality from the raging fires in Northern California forced the postponement of several games Friday night.

Amador Valley was one of only three teams to play opening weekend, going on the road to beat Milpitas 37-7.

Amador coach Danny Jones said last week that this Dons team was the biggest and strongest team he has had in his time at the helm of the Amador program.

Opening night, the Dons proved it to everyone else.

"We played really well," said Jones. "We are just really physical, and we wore them down by the third quarter. That was our plan -- be physical like we are and the let the chips fall where they may."

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The huge Amador offensive line is complimented by a pair of big tight ends in Brady Nassar (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) and James Rothstein (6-5, 240). Both are juniors and they love to hit.

"They are big old boys and are really physical," said Jones.

Throw in Kai Burgermeister (6-1, 210) adds size at the H-back and the running back tandem of Marcus Hoerz (5-9, 225) and Miles Tucker (5-11, 180) has the Dons built to, as Jones is fond of saying, "Pound the Rock."

So much to the point that Jones, who had not yet compiled stats for the game, felt his team was near 300 yards rushing.

That leaves quarterback EJ Thomsen with not much to do other than hand the ball off.

If teams choose to lay off Thomsen, the senior will make them pay.

"He is really efficient," said Jones of Thomsen. "He can get out of the pocket, and he makes the throws we need him to make."

As mentioned previously, the game validated what Jones and his staff saw through the first month of practice.

"We felt we were solid, but actually seeing it confirmed it," said Jones. "I think playing another team that we felt were physical and to see them start falling in the third quarter was nice."

In the end, Jones was most thankful that the Dons got to play a game.

"We felt very fortunate to have had the chance to play," said Jones. "If anything comes out of the last couple of years for all these kids is that they will know how to deal with adversity."

Foothill rolls Monday night

The Falcons missed out on their scheduled opener because of poor air quality in Pleasanton, but more than made up for it three days later when they blasted Castro Valley 38-12.

Senior quarterback Nick Walsh had a hand in all five Foothill touchdowns, throwing for three and running for two. Kenny Olson, Connor Perez, and Tony Schillaci all got touchdown passes.

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Friday night lights and Monday night football

Poor air quality changes opening night of football season

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Sep 1, 2021, 7:02 pm

It wasn't quite the opening night of high school football that people had hoped for as poor air quality from the raging fires in Northern California forced the postponement of several games Friday night.

Amador Valley was one of only three teams to play opening weekend, going on the road to beat Milpitas 37-7.

Amador coach Danny Jones said last week that this Dons team was the biggest and strongest team he has had in his time at the helm of the Amador program.

Opening night, the Dons proved it to everyone else.

"We played really well," said Jones. "We are just really physical, and we wore them down by the third quarter. That was our plan -- be physical like we are and the let the chips fall where they may."

The huge Amador offensive line is complimented by a pair of big tight ends in Brady Nassar (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) and James Rothstein (6-5, 240). Both are juniors and they love to hit.

"They are big old boys and are really physical," said Jones.

Throw in Kai Burgermeister (6-1, 210) adds size at the H-back and the running back tandem of Marcus Hoerz (5-9, 225) and Miles Tucker (5-11, 180) has the Dons built to, as Jones is fond of saying, "Pound the Rock."

So much to the point that Jones, who had not yet compiled stats for the game, felt his team was near 300 yards rushing.

That leaves quarterback EJ Thomsen with not much to do other than hand the ball off.

If teams choose to lay off Thomsen, the senior will make them pay.

"He is really efficient," said Jones of Thomsen. "He can get out of the pocket, and he makes the throws we need him to make."

As mentioned previously, the game validated what Jones and his staff saw through the first month of practice.

"We felt we were solid, but actually seeing it confirmed it," said Jones. "I think playing another team that we felt were physical and to see them start falling in the third quarter was nice."

In the end, Jones was most thankful that the Dons got to play a game.

"We felt very fortunate to have had the chance to play," said Jones. "If anything comes out of the last couple of years for all these kids is that they will know how to deal with adversity."

The Falcons missed out on their scheduled opener because of poor air quality in Pleasanton, but more than made up for it three days later when they blasted Castro Valley 38-12.

Senior quarterback Nick Walsh had a hand in all five Foothill touchdowns, throwing for three and running for two. Kenny Olson, Connor Perez, and Tony Schillaci all got touchdown passes.

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